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The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity

The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity

If your dog has cancer, you need this book.

No matter what you’ve heard, there are always steps you can take to help your dog fight (and even beat) cancer.

This scientifically researched guide is your complete reference for practical, evidence-based strategies that can optimize the life quality and longevity for your dog. No matter what diagnosis or stage of cancer your dog has, this book is packed with precious advice that can help now.

Discover the Full Spectrum approach to dog cancer care:

  • Everything you need to know about conventional western veterinary treatments (surgery, chemotherapy and radiation) including how to reduce their side effects.
  • The most effective non-conventional options, including botanical nutraceuticals, supplements, nutrition, and mind-body medicine.
  • How to analyze the options and develop a specific plan for your own dog based on your dog’s type of cancer, your dog’s age, your financial and time budget, your personality, and many other personal factors.

Imagine looking back at this time in your life, five years from now, and having not a single regret. You can help your dog fight cancer and you can honor your dog’s life by living each moment to the fullest, starting now. This book can help you as it has helped thousands of other dog lovers.

The Authors

Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM practices in Hawaii and is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” and blogs at DogCancerBlog.com. Dr. Susan Ettinger, DVM is a veterinary oncologist and a diplomate of the American College of Internal Medicine who practices in New York.

Praise from Veterinarians, Authors & Book Reviewers

“The future is upon us and this ground-breaking book is a vital cornerstone. In dealing with cancer, our worst illness, this Survival Guide is educational, logical, expansive, embracing, honest and so needed.”
Dr. Marty Goldstein, DVM
Holistic veterinarian and Host, Ask Martha Stewart’s Vet on Sirius Radio

“The message of this book jumps off the written page and into the heart of every reader, and will become the at home bible for cancer care of dogs. The authors have given you a sensible and systematic approach that practicing veterinarians will cherish. I found the book inspiring and, clearly, it will become part of my daily approach to cancer therapy for my own patients.”
Dr. Robert B. Cohen, VMD
Bay Street Animal Hospital, New York

“I wish that I had had The Dog Cancer Survival Guide when my dearly beloved Flat-coated Retriever, Odin, contracted cancer. It would have provided me alternative courses of action, as well as some well needed “reality checks” which were not available from conversations with my veterinarian. It should be on every dog owner’s book shelf–just in case…”
Dr. Stanley Coren, PhD, FRSC
author of many books, including Born to Bark

“A comprehensive guide that distills both alternative and allopathic cancer treatments in dogs…With the overwhelming amount of conflicting information about cancer prevention and treatment, this book provides a pet owner with an easy to follow approach to one of the most serious diseases in animals.”
Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM
The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago veterinarian

“Picking up The Dog Cancer Survival Guide is anything but a downer: it’s an ’empowerer.’ It will make you feel like the best medical advocate for your dog. It covers canine cancer topics to an unprecedented depth and breadth from emotional coping strategies to prevention-in plain English.Read this book, and you will understand cancer stages, treatment options, and types, and much more. If you have just had the dreaded news, pick up a copy and it will guide the decisions your dog trusts you to make.”
Laure-Anne Viselé
Dog behavior specialist and technical dog writer, CanisBonus.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Get this book BEFORE you think you need it!, August 29, 2011
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This review is from: The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity (Paperback)

If you are looking at this book, chances are you are facing the devastating news that your beloved canine has cancer. I was there once, too, and thank heavens I was led to the 1st edition of this book. *Even if your dog does NOT have cancer, this is STILL a book every dog lover should own.* I was curious about how the 2nd edition would be different — sure, a lot of information is the same, but it is extremely well organized with creative “sidebar symbols” which make the book a bit easier to navigate (and believe me, you’ll read it over & over, since it is such a powerful resource). Cancer affects dogs just as it affects people, and the section on “What You Should Know About Dog Cancer” has a lot of info that applies to people, too. Another strength of the book is that it promotes “Full Spectrum Cancer Care”, including insights about allopathic (traditional) treatments (with significant input from a vet oncologist) as well as valuable info about complimentary (alternative) treatments. There is no doubt that this book contains information your vet, no matter how accomplished, will simply not know about (who can know everything about every veterinary condition?, which is why you need this info from Dr. Dressler!).

If you are lucky enough to be looking at this book because you are simply interested in keeping your canine as healthy & hopefully cancer-free as possible, you will feel bolstered by new details about diet, nutrition, and supplements. I got this book because one of my dogs had cancer, but ALL my dogs will benefit from the education I’ve received about dog food, the immune system and end-of-life care.

I have shown this latest edition to some friends and relatives and all found it hard to put the book down (but I made them do it because I will not part with my copy). This book is easy to read & understand, but best of all, it will give you comfort, courage, strength & proven tools with which to better love your dog!

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
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A “Must Have” Reference book for dog owners, August 29, 2011
This review is from: The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity (Paperback)

In my years as a Veterinary Technician, I have seen the pain and suffering that cancer caused in our canine patients. And also would see the fear and uncertainty in the eyes and hearts of their owners. And while it was my job to help both the patients and owners, it wasn’t until I faced the dreaded cancer in my own fur baby that I realized I too needed more information on how to fight cancer and in particular, Mast Cell Carcinoma. I was feeling overwhelmed and very much in the dark as to what would be the best way to treat and help Lucy, what hope was there, and what more could be done to combat this killer. That is when I got Dr. Dressler’s first book, “The Coping Guide”, and then his first edition of “The Dog Cancer survival guide” . Armed with these two great books, I took on the challenge and did not feel so lost or alone. By following Dr. Dressler’s suggestions on supplements, and diet, and also using his cancer support supplement – Apocaps, I felt that I am giving Lucy a much better chance to survive than with just the conventional treatments at hand. That was two and one half years ago and our Lucy is still doing well and has remained in remission. And now with this newest edition of Dr. Dressler’s book, the average pet owner has even more information to help them fight and win the battle.

Don’t wait to get this book as knowing what to do before you are faced with cancer is the best approach. The layout of the book is great with chapters on the various types of cancers, conventional and alternative treatments, supplements, preventions, etc. Tragically at one point or another everyone will eventually know someone or be that someone who will need the information within this book. I keep this new edition close at hand for quick reference whenever needed.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
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A Must-Have for All Dog Guardians, September 23, 2011
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Jerry (Tripawds.com) – See all my reviews

This review is from: The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity (Paperback)

As founders of Tripawds.com, the world’s largest community for canine amputees (most of whom are battling bone cancers) since 2006, we’ve reviewed many different books about canine cancer. Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger’s book, the Dog Cancer Survival Guide, is absolutely the most informative, comprehensive and useful book that we’ve seen.

The sad fact is, dog cancer is the number one disease killer for canines. Until there is a cure, we as pet guardians must serve as our dog’s #1 health advocate. Whether or not our dog currently has cancer, this book is a must-have for us all.

Dr. Dressler’s first edition of “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide” has been one of our most highly-recommended reading materials since it was first published a few years ago. The newest edition is even better and more comprehensive.

In a nutshell, here’s why we think everyone with a dog should read this book. You’ll learn:

* Why and how you should cope with your own emotions before embarking on your canine cancer research

* The latest discoveries about cancer’s origins, treatments and cures, all written in an easy-to-understand format for the layperson

* All of the most promising holistic therapies that are proving helpful in treating dog cancer

* How to talk to veterinary professionals, friends and family about your treatment choices and what you’re experiencing

* When to make end of life decisions and how to cope with grief

This 400+ page textbook is jam packed with the latest information about conventional treatments and helpful holistic therapies that anyone with any budget can pursue. You’ll get a comprehensive description of different dog cancers and related treatments, as well as a thorough appendix filled with information about published dog cancer studies you can share with your veterinarian.

Dog Cancer Survival Guide’s information is grounded in reality and doesn’t make any promises that it will cure your dog’s cancer. But Dressler’s strong sense of empathy and wisdom extends a guiding hand to readers that’s so desperately needed when faced with canine cancer. You’ll feel empowered, hopeful, grounded in reality and ready to face whatever comes next with the same Zen attitude as your canine hero.

A big shout out goes to both docs for giving pawrents the layperson’s first authoritative, empathetic and hopeful tool available for coping with canine cancer. Get this book today.

Sincerely,

Rene Agredano & Jim Nelson

Founders, Tripawds.com

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The complete Quick & Easy Guide to Making Healthy Dog Food At HomeLearn how dogs with chronic illness improved after being fed a healthy homemade diet of fresh foods.Dispel the myths that may be sabotaging your dog’s health.Learn what foods you should never feed your dog.Find out what is in processed commercial dog foods, that may be making your dog sick.Learn practical cost effective solutions to feeding your dog with fresh homemade foods, using a more holistic approach for a longer, happier, and healthier life.Cooking & feeding instructions for puppies, adult dogs, senior dogs, and the over-weight dog.Learn why store bought dog food costs you more to feed than a homemade diet.Quick, Easy & Healthy recipes to cook for your dog, including meals, healthy treats, cakes and ice cream.The complete Quick & Easy Guide to Making Healthy Dog Food At HomeLearn how dogs with chronic illness improved after being fed a healthy homemade diet of fresh foods.Dispel the myths that may be sabotaging your dog’s health.Learn what foods you should never feed your dog.Find out what is in processed commercial dog foods, that may be making your dog sick.Learn practical cost effective solutions to feeding your dog with fresh homemade foods, using a more holistic approach for a longer, happier, and healthier life.Cooking & feeding instructions for puppies, adult dogs, senior dogs, and the over-weight dog.Learn why store bought dog food costs you more to feed than a homemade diet.Quick, Easy & Healthy recipes to cook for your dog, including meals, healthy treats, cakes and ice cream.

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Make you dog healthy, September 16, 2009
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I was shocked and actually scared when i read about what goes into processed dog food. Our 2 Yorkshires only eat what we cook for them now and seem to have more energy and the vet says they are as healthy as dogs years younger.

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I endorse this one, December 26, 2009
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Well written, with the correct information, I give my full endorsement to this one, and will certainly recommend this book to others.

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My children begged and begged for a dog and I decided to cave in and buy a puppy for them last Christmas. I was shocked by the cost of vaccinations, treatment, toys, and dog food. My veterinarian had this book in her office and suggested that we purchase a copy. I was skeptical about preparing my dog food because I assumed it would be time consuming and may not offer all of the nutrients that a growing puppy needs. The book was inexpensive and I am very happy we purchased it because now I can cook easy, healthy meals for the puppy while provide all of the essential nutritional elements required for growth and development.

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Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide: Good Health, Loving Care, Maximum Longevity

Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide: Good Health, Loving Care, Maximum Longevity

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Return the Love and Devotion Your Dog Gives You!

Reap the knowledge and wisdom of more than 100 top veterinarians, trainers, groomers, and other pet experts! Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide offers powerful, practical advice on everything from obedience training and stopping misbehavior to providing the best health care, snacks, grooming, accessories, and more.

With over 800 full-color photographs and helpful, step-by-step illustrations, Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide captures the excitement and doggone good fun that goes into raising and caring for your canine companion.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
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A bible for dog owners, present and future, January 18, 2004
This review is from: Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide: Good Health, Loving Care, Maximum Longevity (Paperback)

As a first time puppy owner of an Old English Sheep Dog, I bought this book to help me through the mystifying world (to me) of dog care, and absolutely loved it.

The guide is by far the most comprehensive, yet easy to read, with easy to follow instructions of many books that I have seen out there, some of which I own. Each topic is covered in about 2 pages, yet they contain enough detail and handy advice for the new dog owner to feel confident about his or her new relationship. Building that confidence leads to a well-behaved, confident pet, and the tremendous pleasure of ownership of another being.

The guide is divided into several useful sections as follows:

1. Getting acquainted – what kind of dog should you get? Coverage on the top 50 breeds in the US (although unfortunately my lovely puppy wasn’t in it). How to deal with new puppy, how to read your dog’s body language.

2. Training – everything from house-training your puppy, through to basic and advanced training. It also has a very useful section on correcting unwanted behavior such as chasing cares, digging, anxiety and much more.

3. Essential care – what you need to do to keep your dog fit and healthy. What kinds of toys to buy, whether to leave your pet in or out, and traveling with your dog.

4. Food – Nutrition, water, eating problems, snacks and special diets.

5. Health watch – preventing sickness and common problems, choosing a vet, neutering, breeding/birthing and caring for older dogs.

6. Easing common complaints – what to do about bad breath, bloating, sunburn and ticks, and many other quirks like flatulence and drooling.

7. First aid – in case your dog (I hope it never happens to you) needs emergency care.

8. Looking good – grooming and washing your dog.

These useful and crucial topics are interspersed with dialog boxes (Paws for Thought) that address questions you’ve thought about but never expected to get an answer on, such as “do dogs fake being hurt?” (p.300), or “why do dogs stick their heads out of car windows?” (p.202),

The book, not surprisingly, boasts contributors ranging from veterinarians, trainers, groomers and other animal experts.

So far, everything I have needed to know, or any questions I had about my dog, has been in this book. It’s the first place I look to for answers. In short, this amazing book has been like a bible for me to raise my new puppy (and how to deal with all that long shaggy hair!). I highly recommend it for any present, new or future dog owner.

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3.0 out of 5 stars
Good Reference for NewBees, March 12, 2009
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This review is from: Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide: Good Health, Loving Care, Maximum Longevity (Paperback)

I’ve been a dog owner for my whole life. Every one of my dogs has gone through at least basic obedience. I found the information on behavior to be light, general and based on common sense. Probably a good starting place for a beginner. Bot if you’ve had a bunch of dogs, like people they are all very different. What floats one dog’s boat does nothing for the next one. I was hoping for more insight on curbing bad dog behavior.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Educational and fun, February 2, 2009
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Kairus (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

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This book is pretty conventional but it is well written and informative, and it has a definite place in all dog-lovers library. I also like that it has a lot of pictures which makes it easy and fun to read.

It would make a great gift for someone who is thinking about getting a dog and to all the new dog owners.

I would recommend this book TOGETHER with “The Whole Dog Journal’s Guidebook to Dog and Puppy Care and Training”. These 2 make a perfect package: whatever one is missing, the other has!

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Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog (Howell Reference Books)

Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog (Howell Reference Books)

A complete revision of a ground-breaking reference.

Designed to provide updated information found in the original book, as well as lots of new topics, and a new organization—this second edition is more user-friendly than ever!

Readers will get the latest on:

  • Healthful diets for dogs of every age and activity level
  • How to modify your dog’s diet to best meet seasonal needs
  • Natural ways to keep your dog healthy throughout all stages of life
  • How to care for a dog in poor health
  • The vaccine controversy—the pros, the cons and how to sort them out * Homeopathic remedies
  • Alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, chiropractics and use of medicinal herbs

Finding nutritional data for dogs can be a difficult business–and while much of the information in Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog is presented by anecdote, there’s still plenty of worthwhile reading here. Aimed at dog owners that are already fairly committed to nonallopathic forms of health care for their pets, much of the book is based around author Wendy Volhard’s Natural Diet. The Natural Diet is fairly labor intensive, as Volhard is the first to admit, but she provides page after page of testimonials that credit the diet with improved temperaments, better activity levels, and exemplary physical health. Each ingredient in this diet is discussed in depth, so owners not ready to take the step of providing a complete diet from scratch can still learn about potentially valuable supplements, as well as what ingredients to look for in a commercial diet.

Beyond the dietary information provided, there are several chapters that give solid explanations of different types of health care available, including homeopathy, kinesiology, and the five-element theory. For those who still prefer allopathic care for their dogs, the chapters that cover standard lab tests are extremely useful, finally giving a layman’s guide for urinalysis, blood serum, liver function, and thyroid testing. A glossary defines various terms such as acidosis and hepatic, and each description is easily understandable, even by those with no medical background whatsoever. For puppy owners, the chapter discussing vaccinations is informative–Volhard questions the necessity of many we take for granted, and suggests several methods for lowering the required number for your pup.

Ultimately, the majority of this book is geared toward folks who are already committed to providing their pooches with alternative health care and homemade food. No matter how interesting the dietary concepts presented here, if you aren’t already a true believer it’s not likely that Volhard’s anecdotes will provide you with enough statistical proof to completely overhaul your dog’s way of life. –Jill Lightner

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful:
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A More Technical Approach To Holistic Veterinary Care, May 12, 1999

This is another one of those books that I recommend to everyone interested in holistic care for their canine companions. It’s somewhat more technical and scientific in its approach than the equally superb books by Pitcairn and Levy, but that shouldn’t put anyone off. Volhard begins with several excellent chapters on canine nutrition which include a very detailed section on supplements. For those determined to feed a commercial food, she provides info on how to read labels, which ingredients to look for and what to avoid. Next she addresses the common problems of allergies and toxins in our dogs’ environment, foods, and water, as well as drug and vaccine reactions. Instead of providing the reader with possible alternatives to vaccinating (such as homeopathic nosodes), she recommends a modified vaccine schedule using killed vaccines only for diseases endemic in the area in question and doing titer tests instead of routinely giving annual booster shots. While this is certainly superior to the traditional veterinary practice of needlessly subjecting dogs to potentially very harmful annual combo vaccines, I much prefer Dr. Pitcairn’s vaccination schedule for those uncomfortable with using nosodes.

Next, Volhard explains the basics of the canine digestive tract and thyroid and adrenal gland function. This is followed by a chapter on laboratory tests and how to figure out if your dogs’ lab results are within normal parameters. After this very technical chapter, Volhard dives into the rather controversial subject of kinesiology which is basically a form of biofeedback. If (like me) you’re the skeptical type, this will sound like a bit of hocus pocus to you. While I keep an open mind, I have yet to be convinced that with this method one of my dogs can tell me — through the transfer of energy — if she has a bacterial infection or needs extra liver in her diet.

Like virtually everyone interested in a holistic approach to dog rearing, Volhard recommends feeding a natural, homeprepared diet. Unlike many other homeprepared diets, the one she recommends has been clinically tested over a 12-year period, so you can rest assured that it is perfectly balanced. Volhard tells you exactly what and how much to feed as well as how to supplement (there are exact charts for dogs of different sizes). The drawback of this diet is that it must be followed to the letter. There is no room for experimentation here. Another problem is that, like Pitcairn’s diet, the Volhard diet contains too many grains. Dogs are carnivores, and while there’s nothing wrong with small amounts of whole grains in the diet (unless of course a dog is allergic to all grains), several cups a day are simply too much. Less grains and more pulped vegetables and raw meaty bones would be healthier and more biologically appropriate.

There are several short, very basic chapters on herbal medicine, homeopathy, and other alternative therapies (if you’re interested in these subjects, you’ll definitely want to read more elsewhere). Finally there is a simple but useful reference guide to certain diseases and possible remedies, profiles of all the amino acids in dogs, and a brief resource guide.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful:
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This is THE HOLISTIC PET BIBLE, August 25, 1999
By A Customer

This book is filled with essential information every pet owner should know. My own copy is highlighted on almost every page as it has become an invaluable reference! Time and again nutritional and health related questions have been answered from these pages. Knowledge is key to keeping your pet healthy. Even if you don’t fully embrace holistic methods, there is so much information about commercial pet food and signs of vitamin deficiencies that is a must for the informed and caring pet owner. Nutrition and a fresh food diet(along with a mix of Innova dry food) has kept my pet cancer free after having a tumor removed two years ago. Nutriton does make a difference and this book is a great source of information. Don’t miss it!

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
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Good reference material for non-holistics too, June 14, 2003
This review is from: Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog (Howell Reference Books) (Paperback)

This book is NOT just for people who believe holistic is the only way to go! So although many reviewers write from that perspective, I strongly suggest that people who love traditional medicine consider it because it provides clear explanations of how a dog’s system works, the functions of the organs, and what the various nutrients do in and for the dog. It also provdes an excellent explanation of each section of a blood test or urine test and what the results *mean.* And, it has simple but very complete charts in the back which cover various things from *both* the traditional and the holistic points of view in causes and treatments.

What made me respect this book was that they offer traditional medicine causes and effects, tests and medications, treatments and solutions … as well as holistic ones. So, both “sides” can get plenty out of it, and perhaps learn something from the beliefs of the “other side” too to get a much more balanced picture of what is going on with their dog.

It is not as simple as most of the consumer oriented books, but it is also not as complex as reading the veterinary medicine web sites. It definitely provides more detail than you may be accustomed to in a “pet health” book.

It provides a good base to research from so you can go look at traditional and alternative medicine web sites and know what the heck you’re looking for.

If you don’t care for the diet they recommend, or any other “holistic” parts, you can easily ignore them. It’s a good reference book, and if you are the type who wants to be really involved in your dog’s care and want to know more than what the vet told you, then get this book. You can find out what you need to know in order to ask the vet good questions and be able to insist on good answers (not just a quick answer, but one that means something to you).

I highly recommend this book whether you prefer traditional, holistic, or a blend of veterinary medicine styles.

Whatever you do, though, if you think your dog has a problem, find a darned good vet and go there now. If you feel uncomfortable or confused, or hope there are more options out there, get a second opinion from another primary vet, or ask for a referral to a specialist. Any good vet will gladly refer you to a specialist regardless of whether he thinks you really need one. You are your pet’s only “human” voice. Be in charge and be responsible and don’t give up until you have the information you need.

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Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable

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The human/animal bond is never stronger or more tender than when your dog’s muzzle turns gray and the spring in her step begins to diminish. After spending the better part of a decade with this beloved member of your family, making sure your canine friend ages comfortably, contendedly and well is a natural priority.  And no one knows how to ensure healthy aging better than the renowned faculty of the Tufts Cummings Veterinary School, who treat more than eight thousand older dogs annually.  

Good Old Dog brings their renowned clinic into your living room, providing you with essential advice on nutrition, health, and caretaking to see your dog through the golden years.

Our dogs are living longer than ever thanks to enormous advances in medical treatment and a highly evolved understanding of what they need to thrive. No one knows this better than the faculty of the Cummings Veterinary School at Tufts, who treat more than 8,000 older dogs annually. Their philosophy of caring for aging dogs combines empathy for each individual dog and owner, a comprehensive approach to patient care, cutting-edge science and technology, and a commitment to innovation. Good Old Dog brings their renowned clinic into your living room, arming you with essential advice to see your dog through his golden years.
 
Featuring
• Nutritional advice—not every senior diet is right for every senior dog
• Emphasis on treating conditions common to older dogs so they live longer
• How to evaluate complicated procedures and decide what’s right for your dog
• The cost of caring for an older dog and how to shoulder the burden
• How to identify cognitive decline and how to manage it
• Advice on creating a healthy and comfortable environment
• How to determine when “it’s time” and how to cope with the loss
• And much more
 
Common Questions About Aging Dogs Answered in Good Old Dog

Q: Regarding a dog’s age, is it really seven human years for every year lived?

A: Not exactly. For a medium-size dog who weighs between twenty and fifty pounds, yes, that’s about right. For a large dog, one who weighs more than ninety pounds, every year of life is closer to the equivalent of about every eight human years. For a small dog under twenty pounds, each year is the equivalent of about six human years. That’s why small dogs, on average, live longer than large ones. They “use up” fewer years with each year of life.

Q: If I choose a dog food that says “senior” on the label, I’m giving my older dog the nutrition he or she needs, right?

A: Who knows? “Senior” is a marketing term, not a specific nutritional term, so it means whatever the manufacturer wants it to mean. Some “senior” dog foods are high in calories, some are low in calories, and some have a nutrient composition that is not well balanced for all older dogs, with levels of sodium, protein, and other ingredients all over the map. The only way to know if a food is right for your geriatric dog is to make sure there’s a sentence on the package that says the food is appropriate for maintenance, not for growth or gestation and lactation.

Q: If a dog has arthritis, she or he will limp, right?

A: Not necessarily. If the arthritis is in the same spot on both hind legs or both front legs, the dog may waddle or shuffle. That is, the gait will look symmetrical, unlike a limp. But waddling and shuffling are not normal ways of walking, and a dog who is not walking normally should be taken to the vet for an exam.

Q: Why is it that dogs with cancer who are on chemo don’t go bald?

A: It’s rare for a dog on chemo to lose hair because dogs get lower doses of chemotherapy for their size. In people, the aim with chemo is to try to cure the cancer. In dogs, it’s to extend life but not rid the body of the malignancy. Since chemo can be so debilitating, with side effects that include nausea, diarrhea, and infections, and since an older dog with cancer will lose not decades of life but only a few years at most, the veterinary community feels it is not right to put such a dog through a medical regimen that will destroy the quality of life while affording the animal only a few extra months to a couple of years.

Q: Why is it that you never hear of dogs dropping dead of a heart attack?

A: Dogs don’t get heart attacks, generally speaking. They get heart failure, a progressive disease that takes its toll over time. Fortunately, much can be done to forestall the effects of heart failure and grant an affected dog several more years of good-quality life.

Q: My ten-year-old dog doesn’t come when I call him anymore. Is he falling prey to age-related dementia?

A: It’s hard to say. He might just be going deaf. Dementia is a bit tricky to diagnose in dogs because they are unable to communicate in words that they don’t hear or can’t see as well or have other declines that could be mistaken for dementia. Good Old Dog has a checklist with constellations of symptoms that, taken together, indicate when you should take your dog in for a neurological evaluation to see if he has the canine version of Alzheimer’s. New methods to treat the disease are emerging, and the sooner your dog is correctly diagnosed, the better chance you have of stalling any cognitive decline.

Q: A dog will let you know when “it’s time” to put him down, right?

A: Not necessarily. Many conditions in older dogs that look like “this is the end” are very treatable. While we believe that euthanizing a dog who is in constant pain and has no quality of life left is a responsible and loving thing to do, you should never make a choice to euthanize without first taking him to the doctor for a professional workup. We’ve delivered the good news to many dog owners that, despite their fear, the dog’s time has not yet come.


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well written with some exemplary advice, September 30, 2010
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Good Old Dog is a great resource for people who have an aging 4 legged friend of the canine variety.

While a great resource, it is NOT comprehensive. This is, of course, not a negative as the book is expertly written and researched and includes plenty of “real dog” stories to help get some of the finer points across that may not be relayed easily during the more fact filled descriptions of issues. But it deserves to be pointed out; there are certainly many issues for aging dogs that just aren’t covered.

What is included are the top issues/problems/concerns that the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, which is one of the largest residency programs for Veterinary Medicine in the USA, see on a regular basis. According to the back of the book, they see 26,000 cases annually, 8,000 of which are for elderly dogs. I would say if they claim these are the top issues and concerns a person should have for an aging dog, they are likely right.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive of issues facing aging dogs, there really doesn’t seem to be many if any out there.

Did you know that an aged dog’s nutritional needs differ from those of a middle aged dog? Do you know how to spot the signs of aging and do you know when you should begin looking at when to change the diet to one more suited to an older dog? After reading this book you will.

Also included are chapters on joint care, cancer discussions, kidney failure, heart disease and dementia. In the more general care area there are chapters on changing the diet of an older dog (including wonderful information on supplements), what to anticipate in caring for your aging dog (an ounce of prevention…), how to keep your aging dog stimulated without over exerting themselves and finally, dealing with the decision most dog owners must eventually make, putting your beloved friend/companion/pet to sleep. For the last part, putting your dog to sleep, they don’t really sugar coat it but they do give you some very, very fine pointers on how to know when the time to make the decision has come.

The copy I have being a pre-release copy (“advance reading”), there is one thing I sorely miss from the pages of this book; an index. There is, according to the table of contents, a planned index of all the information included in the book. As this book paints itself as a reference for “keeping your aging dog happy, healthy and comfortable,” it would be nice to have a way to quickly flip to the index and try to find the pertinent sections of the text this way. I give the 5 star review with the hope that this books includes a comprehensive index. I enjoyed reading this book and the invaluable information it provides, enough to actually purchase the final release for the index alone.

While I don’t currently have an elderly dog (my current dog is an 8 month old pup), reading through this book and applying what I’ve read to what we experienced prior to having our 14 year old Shetland Sheepdog put down last year, I kind of wish I had had this book then. Moving forward with my new puppy, I will be sure to keep hold of this book for the future and keep my eye out for signs of old age (which hopefully won’t be fore quite a few years from now!).

Also, it cannot be stressed enough; if you suspect your dog is sick, don’t rely solely on any book for a diagnosis; get your dog to an animal hospital or your veterinarian RIGHT AWAY. This book is meant as a resource and supplement to REGULAR health check ups for your companion, not a replacement for proper veterinary care.

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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful:
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Mixed Review, November 2, 2010
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Anyone interested in this book is clearly concerned about proper care of their senior dog. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my life with dogs for many years, and have recently been reading almost everything I can about them. What can we do to make our canine companions later years as comfortable and healthy as possible? Does the book assist in that goal? Yes and no.

Although a book on senior dogs is needed, this one is not comprehensive, rather it is an over-view. Perhaps it is impossible to cover everything in one volume, but this isn’t a lengthy book. I felt a number of areas were not adequately covered. Perhaps simply stating the book is a beginning point is sufficient.

I found the chapter on proper canine diet, confusing. I did learn to look for the Statement of Nutritional Adequacy and to look for an indication that the food went through animal feedings tests using Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) procedures, rather than it simply met established nutritional standards. Clearly it is important to know the food was actually fed to dogs in a test environment.

There is additional information regarding these standards which adds value to the chapter but, the information about lack of standards in the term –senior– dog food seemed to contradict the author’s solid faith in prepared food and question the motivations of the manufacturers.

Apparently not only is there no legal definition for the term – senior — but the ingredients may be unhealthy and actually cause problems to a dog previously doing fine on their old chow. The author mentioned increased sodium levels, higher fat and higher calories all inadvertently putting the senior dog at risk after their well intentioned human switches them to a diet presumably designed for the aging canine.

Then there is the issue of by-products found in dog food. The author states that by-products are considered delicacies, like sweetbreads. Yes, some by-products are considered delicacies, but I doubt those bits are finding their way into the dog chow. When the term by-products is used in animal food it can mean anything from bird beaks and feathers to who knows what else. Books by holistic veterinarians focus much attention on how the life span of dogs is decreasing rather than increasing and that is largely attributable to both prepared diets and environment. It isn’t that all prepared food is bad, but the lack of concern about by-products seemed at best, odd. So, I had difficulty reconciling the author’s opinion about by-products while pointing out the lack of standards and then expressing faith in the chow.

Another stumbling point — the author explained that adding a few precious months to our dogs life actually equates to a much longer period in dog time. Apparently this point is so important he mentioned it several times in the book. Well, it may be true that three months to us is much longer to a dog, but we live in people time and to be blunt, dog guardians are paying for expensive treatments with people money not dog treats. It is noted that just because a treatment exists doesn’t mean it needs to be done – and that is an important statement, and one not mentioned nearly enough particularly when the patient is a senior dog. Dog guardians are not always informed of that fact.

One of my dogs is currently terminally ill. When she was diagnosed the oncologist suggested chemotherapy although it is proven to be ineffective with this form of cancer. How do I know this? It was clearly stated on the biopsy report. I asked why the ineffective treatment was being proposed and was told because it is the only thing available.

I imagine it is difficult facing a client and being unable to provide any shred of hope. But people have a right to the full picture when making these decisions, difficult as it may be to hear. Whether I want to spend many thousands of dollars to add three months to the life of my precious senior dog is a personal decision, but it should be made with full knowledge that there is no assurance I will gain even a few months, and that the cost of the additional time includes many of my dog’s remaining days spent in the veterinarian’s office, stressed and perhaps in discomfort.

The author mentions saving for future medical costs and having insurance, but that’s not enough. I’ve encountered expensive procedures that insurance will not cover, and, when they do pay, often it is a small portion of the charge. For example, they paid nothing for knee surgeries on my dogs and ten years ago one of my dogs swallowed part of a presumably safe dissolvable dog bone treat. It became lodged in her throat. She needed an emergency endoscopy to locate it and either pull it back out or push it into her stomach. The charge was close to a thousand dollars and the insurance would cover only 0 of it.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
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Very comprehensive & quite useful, September 24, 2010
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There’s a whole galaxy of books about dogs, but the “senior years” have been relatively neglected. This excellent book, Good Old Dog, remedies that situation. Written by the faculty of the Tufts Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine, it covers just about every aspect of aging dogs’ lives you could possibly want to know about. There are chapters on nutrition, arthritis, dementia, cancer and much more. I particularly appreciated the following areas:

The caution about dog foods branded with “senior” in the name was very good. Also, the information in that chapter about dogs’ caloric intake, how to read the labels on dog food packages, and weight control was as good as any I’ve read in a dog book, whether about aging dogs or otherwise.

Since my dog can’t easily or always tell me when she’s not feeling well, it’s especially useful to know about indicators or signs to look for to tell whether she may be having joint problems, kidney issues, or whatever. Good Old Dog is great about giving a lot of tips along those lines.

The chapter on “End-Of-Life Decisions” was a bit hard for me to read, as I just lost Lady, a 15 year-old companion, a few months ago. However, I wish I had read this before she was put to sleep. In her final months, I got very tired of hearing two comments from well-meaning friends, “You’ll know when it’s time” and “she’ll tell you when it’s time.” In my case with Lady, neither of those was true. Fortunately I got more practical advice from vets, but the chapter on this subject in Good Old Dog provides a great set of criteria to consider regarding the dog’s quality of life, things I will definitely consider the next time I have to go through that awful decision again.

One of the best things about the book is that it isn’t just a dry recitation of medical knowledge. The book is filled with true stories of older dogs and their families that made it much easier for me to relate to the topics, and made the reading more interesting in general.

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Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats : Your A-Z Guide to Over 200 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements

Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats : Your A-Z Guide to Over 200 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements

2000 Winner, Better Health for Life Award, Cat Writer’s Association (CWA)
When it comes to your dog’s or your cat’s health, you want the best health care available. But did you know that conventional medicine is not the only answer, or even the best answer?
Inside you’ll learn from a respected veterinarian how the therapeutic wonders of natural medicine can benefit your dog or cat. This comprehensive guide discusses more than 40 common conditions or diseases that can affect your pet and how they can be treated or improved with natural medicine.
Easy to understand and use, with cross-references between conditions and treatments, this informative resource includes:
·An A-Z guide to common health conditions
·An A-Z guide to herbs, vitamins, and supplements
·Dietary recommendations for specific health concerns
·Proven complementary therapies for your pet
·And much, much more!
Do your pet a great favor—add this complete reference to your library. You’ll both be glad you did.
Inside, natural treatments for:
·Allergies
·Obesity
·Cancer
·Kidney Disease
·Arthritis
·Heart Disease
·Feline Leukemia
·Dental Disease
·Ear Infections
·And many more common conditions
“Incredibly well thought-out and organized. This bible will serve as an excellent reference for veterinarians and pet owners alike.” —L. Phillips Brown, D.V.M., product manager, Inter-Cal Nutraceuticals
“A concise overview of common animal conditions and available complementary therapies that will help readers ensure their pets and patients receive the best treatment.” —Myrna Milani, D.V.M., author, Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet
“This bible is a ‘new testament’ that may help pet caregivers heal their sick pets.” —Alice Villalobos, D.V.M.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Holistic Healthcare for Pets, October 10, 2001
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Angelique York (Southlake, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats : Your A-Z Guide to Over 200 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements (Paperback)

Dr. Messonnier’s aproach to natural health for dogs and cats is neither too complicated for the average person to follow nor too far-out to work in conjunction with a traditional family vet’s advice. Good, practical information is presented in "real person" language, making this book an excellent guide for anyone concerned about their dog or cat’s health.
In addition to information that will help you keep your pet healthy, Dr. Messonnier introduces various types of complimentary and alternative therapies for sick or injured pets. He instructs readers on how to use these treatments alone, or in conjunction with traditional medicine, to ensure a holistic approach to pet health. Readers can choose the best path to their pet’s wellness by using the more familiar route, or by combining techniques to meet their dog or cat’s need.
This book is a must for any pet owner who thinks outside the box of traditional pet health care.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
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Excellent reference for Dogs and Cats, November 19, 2004
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I can recommend this book to anyone that wants to improve the health of their dog or cat. I have a special needs dog and I needed information on the proper supplements and food to feed him.

This book is an EXCELLENT source for that information and so much more. It provided me with one source for information and helped me make decisions on supplements and food I should use.

The title says it all. It really is the “Natural Health Bible” for dog and cat care. When I need more information, this is the first book I refer to. Every page is well written and complete.

Each topic is easy to understand and easy to follow. If you are looking for a natural approach for your pets healthcare, you should add this book to your library. Youll be happy you did.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
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The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, October 9, 2002
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This review is from: Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats : Your A-Z Guide to Over 200 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements (Paperback)

One of the Most Comprehensive Books I have ever read, Its more than a BIBLE, for not only Veterinarians but Pet Owners as well. Its a Must Have! Dr. Messonnier’s information is very extensive and obviously he must be rewarded for the knowledge that he is willing to share with the public. Besides medical advice he also gives one alternative suggestions for healing their pet.Writing in layman’s terms its easy to understand and you don’t have to have a medical degree or be a rocket scientist.

Besides ailments, & conditions he also give you a full compliment on herbs, vitamins and supplements Diets & therapies & alot more…Don’t miss your opportunity to help your pet even if you have no problems…Learn to avoid some of the unfortunate problems that pet owners have with theirs…This book is more than a God Send! Thank you Dr. Messonnier for your knowledge.

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Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats

Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats

Now completely updated and revised, this is an expanded edition of the classic natural pet-care book by veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Pitcairn– both renowned specialists in chemical-free nutrition, treatment and natural healing for pets. Written with the warmth and compassion that have won the Pitcairns a nationwide following, this guide will help you select the most compatible dog or cat for your own lifestyle– and show you how to provide the very best in companionship, healing, nutrition and lifelong care. Since its publication more than a decade ago, the Pitcairns’ book has become the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats.

A comprehensive, thorough reference, this pet-lover’s companion will tell you:

* How to choose a healthy animal
* Dozens of recipes for delicious, economical, healthful pet food– with completely updated tables, charts and nutritional guidelines
* How to give your pet a checkup
* What’s really in pet foods– and which ones to avoid to ensure your pet’s best health
* Special diets for special pets
* A guide to handling emergencies that includes techniques for external heart massage, artificial respiration and control of bleeding

PLUS:
An in-depth, alphabetical “Quick Reference” section that gives specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of animal diseases and disorders– from abscesses, allergies and behavior problems to vaccination risks, weight problems and worms. The Pitcairns’ approach is drug-free and holistic– with special attention to homeopathic and alternative remedies and treatments.

A classic natural pet-care book from two celebrated veterinary specialists in chemical-free nutrition, treatment, and natural healing for pets, Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats offers valuable natural and holistic advice on a host of pet topics, including, but not limited to, diet, exercise, environment, coping with a pet’s death, and how to care for a sick animal. In addition to their thorough discussion of the above, Richard Pitcairn, D.V.M., and his wife, Susan Hubble Pitcairn, M.S., offer a comprehensive “quick reference” section on animal illnesses, organized alphabetically and including a brief description of each illness, preventative measures that may be taken, and holistic and natural treatment options for both dogs and cats–treatments that should always be discussed with one’s vet before being used. Occasional line drawings, informative graphs, and the Pitcairn’s intelligent prose make this guide a must-have for pet owners interested in a natural lifestyle for their pets.

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143 of 145 people found the following review helpful:
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An excellent, common sense approach to caring for your pet., December 4, 1998
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This review is from: Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats (Paperback)

I love my dog and have always been concerned about the chemicals, dyes and other additives found in most commercial dog foods. I have talked to many veterinarians who are unconcerned about the rancid meat scraps, etc. that are put into kibble. Although I have found a product containing no chemical additives, I still felt guilty about feeding my dog something that I wouldn’t expect a person to be able to live on. I have read many books on dog health, and was not impressed by any of them. Then I read Dr. Pitcairn’s book. It was intelligent, well written and made perfect sense. The only inhibition I had about starting a natural diet for my dog was the cost. I’m a graduate student and money is tight. However, I started supplementing my dog’s kibble with Pitcairn’s suggested recepies. She is bouncing and playing like a puppy, her teeth are cleaner and her coat has gone from dull to shiny. I am so impressed by the changes I’ve seen, I have decided to eliminate the kibble entirely. Feeding my dog a natural food diet is much easier and less expensive than I thought. I have already extolled the virtues of this book to all of my dog owning friends and would highly recommend it to anyone who cares about the health of their animal. A wonderful book!

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful:
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One of the best books on holistic pet health, October 18, 1999
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This review is from: Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats (Paperback)

For the dedicated pet owner who needs information about nutrition and the real facts about commercial pet food. Along with The Holistic Guide For A Healthy Dog, this is one of the best sources of information on nutrition and how it affects your pets health.I have a 6 year old Rott/Shepard mix who has hip dysplasia and is very overweight. The traditional vet I saw recommended Science Diet low calorie food to take the weight off, but when I read the ingredients(the FIRST ingredient is peanut shell hulls AND it contains BHT and ethoxyquin both known to cause serious health problems in dogs including cancer!!) I just couldn’t subject my dog to the risk of new health problems just to get him to lose weight. I found a weight loss recipe in Dr. Pitcairns book which I make from scratch and the weight is coming off and my dog has never been healthier. Make sure you question methods your vet suggests, especially if it may compromise your dogs health and arm yourself with this book which will prove to be an invaluable source you will look to again and again.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful:
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If you love your animal(s) then read this book!, January 4, 2000
This review is from: Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats (Paperback)

Dr. Pitcairn’s book is a tremendous eye opener. Its full of information that you may otherwise not be aware of. I now know what is in commercial pet food and was horrified. I guarantee that I would NEVER eat it, so why would I give it to my cats? Dr. Pitcairn tells you how you can care for and feed your cat or dog, in a relatively easy manner. I have 4 cats and they have never been healthier. Prior to the dietary change, in a one month period, I had 2 cats that were diagnosed with FUS (urinary tract problems) which were due to diet. Pet food makers suggest low ash diets, but not Dr. Pitcairn. I followed his direction, and now feed my cats a natural, raw, healthy diet. I did this with the blessing of my DVM. My cats love their food, which includes veggies, oats and supplements. All 4 cats have full blown yearly exams and all have had stellar results. They are frisky, happy animals. Their only visits are their annual exams, which are informative more than anything else. I believe that we owe it all to Dr. Pitcairn and his sound, natural advice. Don’t hesitate to read this book, its one that every animal loving, pet owner should have. Its fabulous!

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The Nature of Animal Healing : The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat

The Nature of Animal Healing : The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat

A pioneering revolutionary prescription
for the health and long life of your pets

For two decades, Dr. Martin Goldstein–America’s most successful, renowned holistic veterinarian–has healed and helped his animal patients with the same natural therapies that benefit humans. The results have been so astounding that today critically sick pets are brought to him from across the country for a new chance at life and health.

In this compelling, very accessible book, Dr. Goldstein explains exactly what holistic medicine is and how it works. By treating the root of a health problem instead of its symptoms, you too can help your animal to regain and maintain its own health, as nature intended. Dr. Goldstein also shares many remarkable true stories of supposedly terminally ill animals who have recovered to full wellness. Inside you’ll discover

– Why our animals get sick, even when we strive to give them the best of care
– An exhaustive A to Z guide of pet ailments–and the best course of action
– Why vaccines can do more harm than good
– The link between diet and disease–and how the right diet can not only prevent disease but reverse it
– How acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, and other alternative options work–safely and painlessly–to restore true health
– Specific guidance for the use of herbs, supplements, and natural remedies
– The good news (and the bad) about cancer in animals–including extraordinary new treatments and potential cures
– Coping with the inevitable death of your pet–both physically and psychologically
And much, much more

PLUS–the ultimate resource for holistic pet care: an extensive guide to holistic product manufacturers and stores, books, newsletters, Web sites, veterinarians, and associations!As an accomplished doctor of veterinary medicine, Martin Goldstein is well respected for his 25 years worth of experience in the field–experience he effectively utilizes in conjunction with his expertise in holistic medicine in his new book, The Nature of Animal Healing: The Path to Your Pet’s Health, Happiness, and Longevity. Goldstein begins with a broad explanation of the origins of diseases in pets, then moves on to taking action against those diseases, not only offering thorough discussions of specific ailments–including cancer, allergies, and arthritis–and the holistic medicines available to help in the healing process, but also speaking to the “dubious legacy of vaccines” as well as the questionable quality of pet food. Finally, Goldstein turns his attention to the spiritual realm, addressing both the bonds that we have with our pets–and how those bonds aid in preventing and fighting our pets’ health problems–as well as dealing with the death of a beloved pet. Goldstein’s expert advice, inclusion of inspiring real-life cases, and thorough resource “compendium of holistic books, newsletters, Web sites, veterinarians, and associations” make this book a valuable addition to any pet owner’s library. –Julia King

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Pet owners, read this book!!, May 28, 1999
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If you do not to read, hire someone to read it for you!! Your pets will thank you.

I lost a cat to cancer two years ago. My feeling that I was somehow responsible for his demise at such a young age wasn’t entirely grief related. For instance, was there something wrong with feeding an animal the same old stuff day and night for his/her entire life, often dried stuff at that? If so, what other options were there? And how about tap water? If we the people are concerned about drinking it, what about our pets? Inquiries about diet to everyone, vets included, almost always elicit the same response: do not feed table food or "scraps." Trouble is, most of us just do not have a scientific and/or medical background with which to argue the point. Dr. Goldstein discusses food and tap water and how it affects health in this book.

All that is required for reading this book is an open, active mind and the ability to strive for something better. People who have added lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and, yes, even soy products to their diets know that they feel better, look better, and are healthier. And so it would be with animals. My 3 remaining cats are doing much better after only two weeks on real MEAT, grains, and vegetables. I know my cats so you can trust me on this point. Some people will want studies. Well, scientists have concocted chemicals for making the RENDERED BY-PRODUCTS in commercial pet food appealing to animals via smell and/or taste. But show me a study which says it’s GOOD for our animals. Isn’t it golden age advertising and hasn’t it worked, especially in this busy world!! Incidentally, several natural pet food brands are mentioned in the book for non-cookers.

Finally, I’ve concentrated my comments on diet (and maybe one or two too many on my own opinions :)) because health starts with food and food is one aspect we pet owners really have control over. However, Dr. Goldstein covers many other topics including vaccines, herbs, supplements, natural remedies, and devotes an entire chapter to cancer. Many of his patients are very sick. He explains why he believes in helping an animal heal itself by treating the disease rather than the symptoms. Feeding real food is part of the process. Dr. Goldstein writes from experience. He even admits he doesn’t understand how or why some of the holistic methods work; he’s just seen it work year after year. His final chapters deal with the spiritual realm, including our relationship with our pets, and death of pets (choosing when to let go, euthanasia, grieving). There is an extensive resource guide at the back.

I also recommend FOOD PETS DIE FOR by Ann N. Martin. She spent 7 years investigating the ingredients in commercial pet food. If you read that book first, you’ll surely want to read this one (or vice versa).

Whoa, did I get ever get carried away here. But I’ve waited a long time for this book. Thank you, Dr. Goldstein, for writing it.

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Wonderful Introduction to Holistic Pet Care, August 22, 2000

While written for the average pet owner who is not familiar with terms such as vaccinosis or nosodes, even those of us who have been into natural rearing for a long time can find some useful information in this book. The section on heartworm, for instance, is excellent. Few vets are even aware of the fact that alternative heartworm prevention and treatment methods exist. Also excellent: the chapters on vaccinations and the nature of disease.
The chapter on nutrition points the reader in the right direction (i.e., away from processed pet foods and toward homeprepared fresh food diets), but there’s not enough information to enable readers to formulate a balanced homemade diet for their dogs or cats (Dr. Pitcairn’s book is better in that regard).
Dr. Goldstein is not a classical homeopath and some people may object to his use of homeopathic remedies. Nonetheless, his A-Z guide to canine/feline ailments and their possible cures is thorough and full of useful information. He uses dietary supplements, glandulars, Western and Chinese herbs, homeopathy, flower remedies, and occasionally even allopathic drugs. His motto seems to be "whatever works." The chapter on cancer is good but would have been even better if Dr. Goldstein had addressed the important dietary guidelines for cancer patients and survivors.
The book concludes with a wonderful chapter on the spiritual connection between us and our animals and a great chapter on coping with the death of a beloved pet.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful:
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This will change your views of the veterinary profession!, December 13, 1999
By A Customer

I have been providing our dogs with alternative health treatments since 1995. I was fed up with conventional care–too many pills that merely masked underlying illnesses and no real treatment. Our dogs have glowing health and everyone remarks on their vigor & beautiful coats. Dr. Goldstein, because of his successes with cancer & chronic illnesses, has conventional veterinarians quaking in their boots. So much of medicine is run by the profit motive, totally denying the Hippocratic oath taken by doctors and vets. Think of the marketing of pet foods and vaccinations in the office of the vet–two of the biggest money-makers in the industry. It is no wonder those boots are quaking. I implore you to read this book for the sake of your pets’ health.

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The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms

The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms

The experts reveal how to interpret and understand your dog’s symptoms
and what steps to take to ensure its health.

This comprehensive and practical book is designed to assist dog owners in understanding their pets’ bodies and health based on signs and symptoms of disease, and in determining the most common medical problems that might cause particular symptoms.
        Adopting the “decision chart” format from popular symptom guides for human ailments, such as the American Medical Association’s Guide to Your Family’s Symptoms and Take Care of Yourself, five leading veterinarians have designed a user-friendly chart system that will guide a pet owner from noting the symptom and observing the dog’s behavior to understanding the associated signs of an illness, the possible conditions, and the best steps to take. Filled with more than two hundred charts in an easy-to-follow two-color format and medical drawings, The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms is the indispensable reference for dog owners. It not only considers the problems of sick and injured pets, but also addresses the needs of healthy animals. It has all the information a dog owner needs:

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
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Quick answers to urgent questions, March 17, 2005
This review is from: The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms (Paperback)

Other veterinary guides to canine health are more comprehensive, but this one is perfect for those times when you need to know something right away. The chapters are organized broadly by symptom; within each chapter, charts enable you to quickly determine 1) the possible cause(s) of your dog’s problem and 2) if this is a condition that needs immediate or eventual vet care. The information is organized to help you narrow the field of possible conditions by evaluating associated symptoms. A previous reviewer has apparently tried to decrease the overall rating of this book by submitting their negative review repeatedly, an unfair practice in itself, but I think the reveiw itself is off base as well. Many conditions are described as non-urgent, and for those, useful home remedies are suggested. (The remedies I’ve tried work.) This book doesn’t offer in-depth information on canine illnesses or disorders, but it is very helpful as a first-aid, first-place-to-look resource. It’s possible that there are better guides out there–I haven’t read them all. But this is the best one I’ve seen for quickly answering the questions, What do my dog’s symptoms mean? and Do I need to see the vet?

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
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One of the Must Haves!!, December 5, 2004
This review is from: The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms (Paperback)

This book is a great reference for any owner and is so easy to use. It has saved me a couple trips to the emergency animal centers in the middle of the night. It is written simply to help you know what you can handle and what is a true emergency to take to the vet. If your looking for a more indepth explanation to different diseases and illnesses this isn’t an encycolpedia of information, but if you want something that you can easily look up a symptom or multiple symptoms in chart form with a simple solution this is it! It is also wonderful that it tells you what breeds of dogs are prone to what problems to give you a better picture of what could be happening to your dog. Just last week my dog was sneezing very labored and constant and after 10 minutes he wouldn’t stop and you could clearly see he was starting to panic but I could see nothing was in his nose but he kept on. After 15 minutes we knew something was wrong he was pacing, and wouldn’t calm down and since it was 11:00pm we would have to drive a 1/2 hour to the emergency animal hospital so we had decide something quick. My husbend remembered this book and he looked it up and he had what was called reverse sneezing and it said to give him wet food. We did and he stopped sneezing almost immediately. Just this morning my friend called me to say her dog was lame and had a fever and asked me to look it up and see what this book had said about it. I can’t tell you enough how wonderful a book this is!

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
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Dog Symptoms, October 30, 2000
By 
J. Burns (El Toro, CA USA) – See all my reviews

This review is from: The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms (Paperback)

This is a book every dog owner should have. It begins with a discussion of the healthy dog, including healthy behavior. Next normal “preventative maintenance” is discussed followed by chapters on injuries then diseases. The heart of the book identifies 180 typical symptoms and the significance of each. Recommendations for “what to do” accompany the symptoms, but, more often than not, the recommendation is to take the dog to a veterinarian.

The importance of this book is that reference to it should enable the dog owner to provide more complete descriptions of what symptoms exist. Simply put, the more one is aware of the various symptoms and how they interrelate the more one will be able to describe them to a veterinarian. Or, another way, if you don’t know what to look for you won’t see anything. UNLESS YOUR DOG CAN TALK YOU WILL HAVE TO DESCRIBE THE PROBLEM(S) FOR HIM/HER. It is axiomatic that the more relevant information you can provide a veterinarian, the better will be the diagnosis. Also included is a large section that discusses congenital problems one might expect in specific breeds. Forewarned is forearmed. The book is well written and easy to use. Charts make locating specific symptoms very easy. Veterinary/medical terminology is kept to a bare minimum.

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Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians

The world of veterinary medicine is changing. People are realizing that if alternative medicine is better for them, it’s better for their pets, too. Dogs are visiting acupuncturists, chiropractic doctors, and homeopaths. Still, many dog owners are unaware that such simple measures as changing their pet’s diet and using vitamins, herbs, and other natural cures can help prevent or heal ailments ranging from excessive scratching to depression to a host of serious diseases.

The Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs is both an introduction and a guide to the vast world of natural healing methods, treatments, and foods now available for dogs. Author Martin Zucker offers advice from dozens of holistic practitioners and licensed veterinarians, who share their recipes, insights, and “prescriptions.” Here dog owners will find information on everything from nutritional supplements to massage therapy, as well as how these treatments can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional medications and surgical techniques.

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Good Intro to Natural Remedies for Dogs, June 24, 2000
This review is from: Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians (Paperback)

Martin Zucker has interviewed over thirty holistic vets for this book. They share which supplements, dietary changes, herbs, homeopathic remedies, or flower essences they have found to be effective for conditions ranging from arthritis and cancer to parasites and yeast infections. If you’ve been into natural rearing for a while, few of the suggestions will be new to you, but the book is nonetheless a nice resource.
In addition to the A-Z index of canine health problems and suggested natural remedies, there are brief chapters introducing various holistic therapies (herbs, nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, flower essences, acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage techniques), plus chapters on vaccinations/titers and nutrition. However, while it’s great that the holistic vets interviewed for this book are advocating fresh food diets, the information presented in the chapter on homemade meals is not sufficient to enable anyone to prepare a balanced homemade diet for their dog(s). For properly balanced fresh food diet plans, check out books by Billinghurst, Volhard, or Pitcairn. I also have to disagree with the section on feeding bones — in my experience with natural dog rearing and as an animal nutrition consultant I have found that softer, raw bones such as chicken necks or backs that are consumed in their entirety are far safer than the big, hard beef bones recommended in the book.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful:
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Very informative yet easy to read and interpret, December 17, 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians (Paperback)

I found this book when I was desperate to help my dog who was recently diagnosed with a heart murmur. This book has been an incredible resource for me. I love how all the information on recommended herbs, diets, etc. are backed up with a professional’s name and phone number (many times). I understand that there is a time for conventional medicine but I have always been inclined to go the “alternative or natural” way. After reading this book, I am extremely happy to say that my dog is doing incredible and has barely a trace of a heart murmur left. My vet even asked me what I had done between 6 month doctor visits for such drastic results. If anyone cares about their pet/best friend as I do, this book will hold the supreme honor on your bookshelf. Please share this information with others.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful:
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Where was this great book 10 years ago?, July 28, 2000
By 
Lynda Gagnon (Deerfield Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians (Paperback)

This wonderful book change my life and my new puppy’s life for the best. I’ve checked other documents on this subject before but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money to buy any of them. When I went to the store to look at the book, it was so clear and easy to read. I glanced at the chapter on allergies to compare what I had seen in other books and it was so complete. A whole chapter as opposed to a paragraph or a page in the others. It’s full of informations, products and phone numbers, where to find a holistic vet. in your area, etc. ect. Every pet owner in the world should read this book.

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Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats

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The book that is the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats is now completely updated and revised–for the first time in 9 years. Writing with the warmth and compassion that have won them a national following, veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Hubble Pitcairn, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care.

They now cover environmental matters, including pollutants both inside the home and out, as well as recent hot-button topics, such as Mad Cow disease, Lyme disease, and the West Nile virus. They’ve updated dozens of recipes for delicious and healthful pet food and treats. With a guide to handling emergencies and an in-depth “Quick Reference” section, they give specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorders-with special attention to homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies.

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169 of 172 people found the following review helpful:
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Great book for better diet and health of dogs and cats!, February 4, 2006
By 
Denise Bonds (Bay Area California) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (Paperback)

You may see some of my other reviews about human health and nutrition, but this is perhaps THE book that prompted me to learn more about MY diet.

Here’s what I liked about the book:

Dr. Pitcairn has a long career in the vetinarian industry. I enjoyed reading about his holistic approach to pet health and diet–treating the root cause, not the symptoms. I like the fact that Dr. Pitcairn chose to think outside the box, so to speak, and look for alternatives early in his career when he found that his patients did not always respond to drugs. Also, the recipes are excellent for ensuring a truly healthy diet.

I can’t think of anything that I did not like about the book.

My story:

I still remember the first time anyone had EVER mentioned to me that dog food is not good for dogs. My husband and I were adding a dog to our family and was going through an interview process with the breeder. She knew that we already have an older dog and she ask about his diet. This was two years ago, and by then, our older dog (11 years old at the time) had lost most of his teeth, and we had (reluctantly) taken him off his kibble diet. When we started feeding him more “table scraps” we noticed some incredible improvements. His coat looked better than it had in his 11 years, he was also very “peppy” and seemed to be overall in great health and spirits. All during his life he had ALWAYS suffered from weird ailments like skin disorders, hot spots, clogged anal glands, dry flaky skin, nasal allergies, etc. I can not count how many times this dog had been on drugs like cortisone and prednisone and bathed in “hypo-allergenic oatmeal-based shampoos”. During my interview with this dog breeder, I did not share with her what my dog had been through, I just said, “…he has lost most of his teeth, and no longer eats kibble”. This is when she told me that I shouldn’t feed him kibble, and I should not feed the new little one kibble either!

This got me curious and I started doing my own research about dog food and was absolutely HORRIFIED to learn the ingredients used to make dog food. How can an entire industry (vetinarians) give such harmful advise?!?! I was and still am outraged at all the people along the way who always advised me to keep my dog on kibble. And I had heard it from so many sources for so many years that I figured they must be right! The day I learned what kibble has in it, my husband and I started cooking for our dogs. There’s been some ups and downs during the last two years, learning what to feed and what not to feed, but overall I believe that both dogs are much healthier and my husband and I definately have peace of mind knowing exactly what they are eating! Oh, and all those skin ailments and allergies that the older dog suffered from for 11 years?…not a SINGLE episode in the past two years!

I found this book to be very helpful in understanding what dogs need to be healthy. I learned that generally speaking, we were doing most things right. We did make some changes in the supplements based on Dr. Pitcairn’s recommendations and we replaced the white rice we had been feeding with oatmeal–which both dogs seem to like. But overall, a lot of his recommendations were very similar to the advise we received from the breeder.

The older dog is now 13 years old and was diagnosed with Inflammatory Brain Disease about 2 months ago. We are obviously very devastated and I believe whole-heartedly that this brain disease was brought on by the poor diet and also the “top-spot” flea poison he had been on all his life. I found out AFTER his diagnosis that top-spot has been linked to this disease…as this is the same way the poison kills the fleas–it attacks their nervous system!–we had treated him with Frontline just four days before he became ill and was carried to UC Davis Vetinary Teaching Hospital.

Whether you decide to buy this book or not, I strongly advise you to do your own research about your pet’s diet and decide for yourself. Some would say that cooking/preparing meals for their pets is a hassle, but this is the least you can do for all the benefits you will get from your healthier pet–not to mention the money you’ll save from not taking your dog to the vet all the time to treat symptoms of a poor diet!

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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful:
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Review from Kim Bloomer, Owner of Aspenbloom Pet Care, August 22, 2005
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This review is from: Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (Paperback)

I recently obtained Dr. Pitcairn’s book and found it to be a wonderful, easy to implement and understand book on natural care for dogs and cats. Dr. Pitcairn provides concise information on dogs and cats from what to feed, to training, and even about how to choose a dog breed for your lifestyle. This book also has lots of natural prevention remedies included and how to PREVENT pesky problems like fleas and ticks from invading your home and your pets.

One of the things I educate pet owners on is prevention being the key and that is done through a strong immune system by feeding and supplementing properly. I always tell them that once your pet is diseased you’ll need to see a veterinarian and then undo the illness and disease if you can, then build your pet back up. Dr. Pitcairn shares a lot about prevention and that thrilled me! That is the answer and key to keeping our pets healthy.

He shares about natural feeding which is another big issue I like to tackle with pet owners. He even includes grooming. This is a must have book for any dog or cat owner who wants to approach their pet care naturally and preventatively. Excellent book!

Kim Bloomer

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful:
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Comprehensive on diet & health, May 4, 2006
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Tami M. Hawes “tamikat” (Hillsboro, OR USA) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (Paperback)

I’d reviewed the 2nd edition version when I was looking into a more natural diet for my puppies on the advice of my holistic vet. In fact I was using the diet until my youngest started gaining weight and they were worried that the grains were causing the weight gain. I switched to raw meat and pureed veggies instead. Turns out that she was low thyroid.

The diets are still heavy on grains. Great for the majority of dogs I’m sure. The upside is that there are nutritional analysis of all the diets included so you know why you’re including each of the components. There are also special diets included for allergies, weight loss and gain.

I also like the information on various health issues and vaccinosis that is included.

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What’s Wrong with My Dog: A Pet Owner’s Guide to 150 Symptoms and What to Do About Them

In What’s Wrong with My Dog?, acclaimed veterinarian Jake Tedaldi, D.V.M. gives you the answers. A first aid guidebook that’s easy to follow and use, it covers more than 150 symptoms, from behavioral problems to physical ailments. 

Remedies cover a broad spectrum, from cutting edge conventional medicine to alternative therapies to home remedies that really work.

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The missing guide to having a dog has finally been found, September 1, 2007
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L. Pilgrim (Washington DC, for the moment) – See all my reviews
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I have had a dog since 1992 and have often searched for a book to consult when my dog seems a little “off,” acts a little sick, gets a little hurt — especially because it typically costs 0 to 0 just to visit a vet, and then if a bunch of tests are performed, the bill grows. Hundreds or thousands of dollars later, you are told that everything is going to be okay. Or worse, I don’t go to the vet right away when my dog has had a little something wrong for a while that I ignored because I thought it was “no big deal” etc. and I could not identify a book or a website that gave me any productive information.

Instead, I found many books over the years that (1) provide a few pages of information that are applicable to my dog, and me or (2) provide me with indecipherable technical information suitable for veterinary student. For some reason there has never been any book in which the ENTIRE book is useful and understandable and applicable to my dog or my friends’ dogs. Even an online search reveals the same polar extremes of information, unless you are “feeling lucky,” which I never am. Perhaps this is because some vets rely on those stupid little questions that turn out to be nothing for their income or they are just a little too cautious, or they understandably don’t want to give advice over the phone without seeing your dog? (I don’t know the answer.)

However! When I discovered What’s Wrong with My Dog?, I thought to myself: “This is the book I’ve been looking for–for more than 15 years!!! I love it. It’s easy to read, written with a sense of humor, AND totally provides professional advice from an ACTUAL VET who was willing to potentially give up some easy office visits to provide dog owners with answers to simple questions. Oh, but apparently, he doesn’t have an office; he makes house calls (you’ll see his mode of transport in a picture in the back of the book. If I said words like “hoot,” I would say it is one!). So…maybe he was hoping to avoid a few extra trips??? I don’t know, but it was a generous endeavor–a gift of accessible information. Thank you, Dr. Tedaldi, for finally writing this book.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
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A beautiful book by an extraordinary vet, October 24, 2007
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Jake Tedaldi is without a doubt the best veterinarian our family has ever known. This book is a great contribution to human-dog communication. If our dogs could speak to us they would tell us many of these things, but instead Dr. Tedaldi speaks for them, in clear and reassuring language, not flinching from the sometimes startling or upsetting things our dogs are going through, but always giving their humans great guidance on how to be their best friend. This is the kind of book you can pick up in the middle of the night to find out what to do if your dog has just been sprayed by a skunk. Or maybe you just can’t figure out why “my dog keeps smacking her lips.” It’s organized into sections such as “my dog has something stuck” and “my dog seems sick.” It is a very practical book written with affection and compassion for both sides of the human-dog equation.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
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Great Information on Dog Health Issues, October 7, 2009
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I recently adopted a little long-haired stray from the city pound. I was instructed not to bathe him for at least ten days because he had just been neutered the day I picked him up. The poor dog’s hair was very matted and he smelled something fierce. And, worst of all, he was constantly scratching and he seemed to be miserable. I thought the odor and scratching were just natural, because he probably had not had a good bath since forever. After the waiting period passed he got his bath and his hair was trimmed. To my dismay, I discovered that he had a horrible skin condition. His skin was crusty and oozing and in some spots it was very irritated because he had been scratching so much. I even thought it was mange. I also discovered that he had a discharge from the right eye and his skin was irritated in that area.

I thought of taking him to the vet, but first I decided to do some research in the Internet and I came across this book at Amazon. I have not read the whole book yet, but I thumbed through it and read, among other items, the sections that were pertinent to my dog’s condition. I am happy to report that, after following the book’s advice, my dog’s skin is now in perfect condition. He is not miserable any more, no scratching, no sores, no crusts. The bare spot on the inside of his right eye has has all but disappeared and the discharge has cleared completely.

I am not saying that I will never have to take my pet to the vet because I have this book. In fact, in several sections of the book Dr. Tedaldi suggests the pet should be taken to the vet right away. However, I know for a fact that I saved several hundred dollars and paid for the book many times over with just the advice that I got for the problems described above.

The book has 304 pages. It has a table of contents and an index, and is divided into 18 Parts. Part 1 lists what a dog owner needs in his/her Canine First-Aid Kit and some basic information on first-aid treatments. The remaining Parts and sub-parts describe the conditions a dog may present. I am not going to list all the parts and sub-parts because they are very numerous, but some of the titles are: My dog is bleeding from her eye; My dog has irritated skin on her face; My dog has dark areas on his skin; My dog is gulping or swallowing strangely; My dog has something stuck in his paw; etc., etc. Each Part and sub-part follows a uniform format. First Dr. Tedaldi describes what to look for, then he explains what to do. Also included in every Part and sub-part are frames entitled “Warning” and “When to Get to the Vet”. The book has a few photos and drawings as well. I found this book to be very well organized, extremely useful, clear and informative.

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The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Pet Happy, Healthy & Active Through Every Stage of Life Reviews

The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Pet Happy, Healthy & Active Through Every Stage of Life

The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook is a superb, reassuring, and comprehensive work. “Dr. Spock for dogs.”—Elle magazine wrote of its first edition, originally published as The Hound Health Handbook, and now completely revised and updated.

“The bible of dog care.”—AKC Gazette. “Four bones. The one book every dog owner needs to read.”—Dog Fancy magazine. “The go-to resource for keeping pups healthy and happy…Takes the guesswork out of caring for any kind of dog.”—Bookpage. “A definitive guide.”—The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. “The one book dog owners should not be without.”—Los Angeles Daily News. “I’m keeping this book on my bedside table.”—Cindy Adams.

Today’s dog owners are more attuned to their pets’ health and well-being than ever before. And with good reason: Americans spend upward of billion annually on their canine companions. The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook is the one essential and truly readable book for these devoted dog owners. Surpassingly clear and complete, with more than 100 illustrations and diagrams, it covers everything from choosing the best dog to puppy care, nutrition, vaccines, behavior, first aid, and senior care, plus thorough discussions of more than 100 canine illnesses. Reflecting the latest advances in veterinary medicine, this edition offers up-to-the-minute advice on “design dog” breeds, pet food safety, homemade diets, changing vaccine protocols, new medications for allergies, car sickness, obesity, and heart disease, developments in surgery and cancer treatment, pet insurance, and more.

With The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook, the vet is always in.

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A good reference, July 6, 2009
This review is from: The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Pet Happy, Healthy & Active Through Every Stage of Life (Paperback)

The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook by Betsy Brevitz is an excellent resource for pet owners. The beginning covers basics of dog ownership and temperament testing. She gives guidelines for both puppies and older dogs. I’m familiar with the puppy temperament testing from other books, but was glad to see a section for older dogs. She also breaks down the common complaints to most breeds. It is more extensive than what I’ve seen on the web, and should help prepare owners for possibilities, although, some of the conditions I would think would be rather rare in well bred dogs. The majority of the book covers basic health problems and care. Set up in a question answer format Dr. Brevitz explains in laymen’s terms the various medical conditions. The first of each chapter gives an outline of what would be a major emergency and what can wait. This section alone could probably save pet owners considerable money at emergency vet clinics. The last couple of chapters deal with poison control and first aid. I would have liked this section to be a bit more extensive. The basic are there, but in parts seems superficial. The illustrations are the weakness in this book. Actual pictures would give a better understanding than simple drawings. Overall, I recommend this book for any dog owners library.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
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Now I know why my Aussie scoots….and if the more expensive lamb and rice is worth it, June 10, 2009
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This review is from: The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Pet Happy, Healthy & Active Through Every Stage of Life (Paperback)

Betsy Brevitz’s ‘Complete Healthy Dog Handbook’ is a great resource for the pet owner.

It is divided into nineteen easy-to-use chapters where all the major dog care topics are discussed. General advice on dog care is provided – such as how to select a healthy puppy or deal with an aging dog or what kind of foods most dogs need – and specific medical problems are explained in an easy to comprehend style. The index is simple and easy to use: I looked up ‘scooting’ and quickly found the possible causes and treatment for my Aussie Terrier’s latest behavior.

This is a reliable, clearly written, inclusive book that would fit well in all conscientious dog owners’ libraries.

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4.0 out of 5 stars
Good book but ToC is not linked properly, January 27, 2011
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G. Castillo “Pomona’s Mom” (San Diego, CA United States) – See all my reviews
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I take off 1 star for the Kindle version. It has a ToC but not linked in “Go to”. You have to go to the beginning and click forward 8 times to get to ToC and also some subject matter under ToC are not linked at all. So you have to go to the closest subject(with a working link) to what you intend to read and click forward to get there. I requested a refund for this and will just buy the hard copy.

It is a great book to have if you have dogs.

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